Thursday, 31 January 2013

Acceptance II

I believe an important aspect of coming to terms with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s is learning to see space within the disease for being you; your diagnosis doesn’t have to suck the life out of you. There are opportunities for you to adapt to the impact of the disease so Parkinson’s works around you and doesn’t dictate what you can do.

An important step to achieve this is to cease resisting the diagnosis and accept the reality of the situation. This does not mean becoming the disease and stopping being you. What it means is accepting your role within Parkinson’s, which recognises the ability you have to push against the advancing symptoms. In this way you express the person you are and not just the disability.

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